Who is on the Carolina Panthers’ Mount Rushmore?
Although the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton parted ways in messy circumstances this offseason. There is little disputing the fact that the player deserves a spot on this list.
The No. 1 overall pick out of Auburn was everything the Panthers expected and more. He changed the landscape of the organization with a style of play that has not been seen in the NFL before or since.
Newton possessed the sort of electrifying skill set that made him a must-watch player from the outset. This came with a deserved NFL MVP Award in 2015 as he led the team to a Super Bowl appearance.
The Panthers fell short in the showcase, something Newton took a lot of heat for despite dragging the team to an NFC Championship triumph. It was a sign of the player’s character that continued to set the standard for dual-threat signal-callers in the league before injuries slowly took their toll.
Things are still pretty heated between the Panthers, Newton, and a fanbase that is left wondering why the new regime did not give him a chance to get back to his old self. But once the dust settles he will be remembered as a generational talent that almost single-handedly put Carolina on the map.
If Newton returns to full health in 2020, then another NFL team is going to have a real player on their hands. He will also have the added motivation of being released by a franchise that he called home for almost a decade, so providing he is healthy and in the right situation then there is every chance he can still finish his standout career on a high.